BJØRN ERIK HAUGEN – STARING AT THE WORLD THROUGH A HOLE

By the Road, 2015

By the Road, 2015

Bjørn Erik Haugen was born in Tønsberg in 1978. He currently lives and works in Oslo both as an artist and a composer. Haugen gained a master’s degree in 2007 from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and has participated in various exhibitions and contemporary music festivals, including the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, the Ultima Festival and the Mata Festival in New York. In 2016, he was also awarded a research fellowship from the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Forest of fallen Trees, 2014

Forest of fallen Trees, 2014

 

Haugen works in a conceptual tradition within a wide range of media including video, installation, audio and photography. His works often relate to screen-based media such as TV, film, internet, computer games and the influence these have on our perception of reality. He explores the history of the media, social usage and psychological effects. As a composer, he often works with the digital conversion of audio to video and vice versa.

Staring at the World through a Hole VII, 2013

Staring at the World through a Hole VII, 2013

 

 

 

 

Bjørn Erik Haugen’s works touch upon a variety of topical themes such as surveillance, artificial intelligence, computerised warfare and stereotypes perpetuated by the entertainment industry. In the video Stranger in Paradise (2008), he and anthropologist Andre Larsen Avelin demonstrated how American movies and television series create stereotypical, weird presentations of Norwegians. In Engraved (2014), the duo thematised how the demise of archives and libraries causes collective amnesia and falsification of history.

Staring at the World through a Hole II, 2013

Staring at the World through a Hole II, 2013

 

 

Tone Lyngstad Nyaas is curator for this exhibition, which presents new works and a selection of works from Haugen’s multimedia production. She has also written the catalogue entry.

Staring at the World through a Hole I, 2013

Staring at the World through a Hole I, 2013